How to Best Manage Passwords
- It generates lengthy, complex passwords for each of your accounts or logins
- It stores these complex passwords in a digital “vault”
- It automatically fills in this complex password every time you log into a site
Internally at designDATA, we have been focused on staying connected and checking on each other. Many times, we have heard staff say, “What day is it?” or “I feel like I work past 5 pm more often now than before.” Are we showing greater loyalty by sending emails after 6 pm on a Friday because we work from home? This is an interesting topic and can apply to most of us in this remote work environment. The Harvard Business Review published some tips about this topic in the article, Avoid Burnout. It’s important to manage your work-life balance, develop routines, and set boundaries. It has been a challenge for all of us to some degree.
At designDATA, we share calendars to help with meeting scheduling and work management. A new modification across the company is the use of unified colored categories in our Outlook calendars to categorize blocks of time. As an example, block the time, “personal”(grey), to remember to check on the kids who should be in Distance Learning, not playing FortNite. Perhaps, you are scheduling team huddles or check-ins, use a specific color so at quick glance you could quantify how many reoccurring meetings you have for the week. This tip should help avoid burnout and increase productivity with some planning and effort. Plan your balance and set your boundaries.
When we started this work-at-home journey, we were in unchartered territory. Each week finding more efficient ways to boost your work productivity while balancing everything else. We imagine that many stationed their computer in a common area of their home that made sense at the time. However, like many of us at designDATA, it’s time to “Change Things Up”. Perhaps you have realized you need a desk monitor instead of that smaller laptop screen or your kitchen chair isn’t as ergonomic as first thought. This article in Association Now, Better Home Office, may help to improve productiveness. For other tips and tricks to improve productivity please see past articles by designDATA. Below are 4 that many have said helped so far:
Microsoft Teams has a Status feature (also sometimes called Presence) that lets people know your availability. This feature works automatically, but you can also control it manually if you need to:
To access it, click on your portrait in the top-right of Teams, and then mouse-over your current status to see your available statuses.
If there’s a meeting going on in your calendar, Teams will auto-update your status to “In a Meeting,” or to “On a Call” if you’re on a Teams call. If you’re idle for a period of time, it will auto-update to “Away.”
You can manually choose a different status if you want to override the auto-chosen status. Just be sure to click on “Reset status” when you’re done to let Teams go back to automatically updating your status.
Lastly, you have an option to “Set status message” to let people know what’s up, such as “On a lunch break, back at 1pm.”